The buyers, sellers and the demand for luxury cars in China that’s fuelling the underground export market in Vancouver

Porsche sports vehicles at a Vancouver vendor. Photograph: Jen St. DenisPorsche sports autos at a Vancouver vendor. Photograph: Jen St. Denis

Porsche sports vehicles at a Vancouver vendor. Photograph: Jen St. Denis

In February 2015, Chinese global understudy David Li was only months from graduating with a four year college education from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

To observe, Li’s mom overdid it on an epic graduation present: a C$160,000 (US$122,000) electric half breed sports vehicle, the BMW i8. With butterfly entryways and a smooth spaceship-like structure, the i8 was a youthful vehicle sweetheart’s fantasy.

After graduation, Li wanted to come back to Beijing with his new vehicle. So he paid C$116,000 to Harry Piao, a representative situated in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond, to transport the i8 to Beijing.

Li never observed the vehicle again.

Canadian court reports show the i8 made it to China, yet wound up being held in a random question among Piao and another businessperson, Wang Qun, over another shipment of extravagance autos.

As per the court judgment, Wang held the i8 to pressure Piao to follow through on a past conveyance of autos that had been an inappropriate shading.

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